City Seminar #2 - Karen Till on Wounded Cities

Tomorrow we're welcoming Dr Karen Till (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) to Cambridge to talk about 'Wounded Cities', the title of her current book project.

The talk starts at 5pm, SG1 at CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road. Please click here for more info.

Here is the abstract for Karen Till's talk:

In contrast to theorizing cities that have experienced disaster or trauma as systems that need to become more resilient, in this talk Karen Till argues that cities marked by past structures of violence and exclusion should be understood as both wounded places and as environments that offer its residents care. The talk draws upon her book in progress and ethnographic research in Bogota, Cape Town and Roanoke, Virginia -- cities in which settlement clearances have produced spaces so steeped in oppression that the geographies of displacement continue to structure urban social relations. She will introduce her concepts of 'wounded city', 'memory-work' and a 'place-based ethics of care' as a means of retheorizing the city. She argues that the memory-work of artists, activists and residents offer alternative models to imagine more socially just urban futures. A deeper appreciation of the lived and place-based experiences and expertise of these urban inhabitants would enable planners, policy makers and urban theorists to consider more ethical and sustainable forms of urban change.

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